The Ultimate Cost
Reader: I've really enjoyed your recent articles on fullsize pickups. The Ultimate Super Duty and the Ultimate Adventure Z71 were very informative and filled with great ideas. I do have several questions. What would the real-world cost be to build each of the projects mentioned?
I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and it seems your custom shops are not anywhere near where I live. I'm planning on getting an '00 or '01 GMC extended cab or F-250 SuperCab. Can you recommend any shops in my area?
John E. Goleck
Editor: The Ultimate Super Duty was done so long ago we have no idea what it took, but the UA Z71 is fresh in our minds. Here's a laundry list of what it took and the approximate real-world prices. Remember that prices vary considerably across the nation, as do labor and materials. Yes, it costs as much as a small house (except in California), but the results are worth it.
|Labor: 800 hrs @ $? ||$? |
|Used truck ||$6,500 |
|Transmission rebuild ||$1,200 |
|Transfer case: ORD Doubler ||$770 |
|Doubler linkage ||$290 |
|Transfer cases ||$1,100 |
|PSC Motorsports hydro assist ||$1,000 |
|Dynatrac high-steer arms ||$300 |
|Tubing ||$1,200 |
|K&N Intake ||$292 |
|Flowmaster exhaust kit and || |
|Hushpower muffler ||$490 |
|Refurbished axles ||$2,000 |
|Detroit Lockers ||$1,111 |
|Dynatrac hubs, Foote axleshafts, || |
|CTM joints ||$2,389 |
|Dynatrac differential covers ||$360 |
|Bilstein shocks and Eibach coils ||$3,710 |
|Warm M15000 winch ||$1,500 |
|Warn VTC compressor ||$700 |
|40-inch BFG KM2 M-Ts ||$3,000 |
|17-inch Spyder locks ||$1,800 |
|JE Reel Driveshafts ||$1,100 |
|Superior gears and master install kits ||$675 |
|Jazz fuel cell, pumps, and parts ||$1,200 |
|Plumbing, brake lines, and fittings ||$1,000 |
|Off Road Evolution four-link with engine || |
|cage, links, axles mounts, and joints ||$4,200 |
|Off Road Evolution Universal Evo-lever rear ||$789 |
|Off Road Evolution shackle/spring kit ||$700 |
|Alcan leaf springs ||$300 |
|Ape wrap ||$3,000 |
|Custom laser etching ||$600 |
|Paint for trucks ||$600 |
|Currie antirock sway bar ||$285 |
|Off Road Design disc-brake conversion ||$150 |
|Dale Earnhardt Sr. floor mats ||Priceless |
|UA Z71 build tally (including truck) ||$44,311 |
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Reader: I just wanted to say I really enjoy your magazine. In the past I have read of readers crying about you guys not covering a broad variety of 4x4s. I started taking your magazine about three years ago. I decided to subscribe to your magazine because I didn't know anything about 4x4s. I am a avid Mopar man and only drive Mopars. Your magazine covers a little of everything. I have read many articles on Jeeps, Chevys, Fords, Dodges, Toyotas, Nissans, Suzukis, Scouts, and even Land Rovers. I am sure I have forgot some makes, but you guys do a great job of covering everything or at least trying to. I look forward every month to my magazine from you guys. I barely read my Mopar Muscle magazine anymore because the cars are out of my reach in price. You guys, on the other hand, take real-world applications, and anyone can do what you guys do. I loved the Ultimate Adventure with the yellow '75 Chevy K10. That was a great step-by-step. I got a lot of ideas for my Dodge from that. Keep up the great work, and try and feature an '80s Dodge Ram in an article sometime!
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